James Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in the Mail on Sunday.

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Diane Abbott says it is smear to say Labour has a problem with anti-Semitism

1 May 2016 12:35

Labour might have hoped that the announcement of an independent inquiry into the issue of anti-Semitism in the party would…

Labour Leadership Contender Jeremy Corbyn Talks To Supporters In The North West

The battle for Labour’s soul

30 April 2016 10:18

Normally, when we talk about a party being in ‘crisis’ we are really referring to a policy dispute or a…

Jeremy Corbyn And Ken Livingstone Attend A Labour Leadership Rally

Jeremy Corbyn must now confront Labour’s anti-Semitism problem

28 April 2016 11:20

What is being said by senior figures in the Labour party about anti-Semitism at the moment is as depressing as…


Jeremy Corbyn’s reluctance to suspend Naz Shah was revealing

27 April 2016 16:39

Naz Shah has now been suspended by the Labour party over the anti-Semitic comments she made before she became an…


PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn couldn’t repeat last week’s good performance

27 April 2016 14:28

After his best performance as leader at PMQs last week, Jeremy Corbyn was back to his lacklustre self today. He…


Junior doctors should be completely ashamed by today’s strike

26 April 2016 7:00

The junior doctors’ strike that starts today has a strong claim to be the most selfish and irresponsible piece of…

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Theresa May has revealed she is a reluctant member of the In campaign

25 April 2016 13:52

One of the worst kept secrets at Westminster is that Theresa May has a distinctly low opinion of Boris Johnson.…

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Number 10 might be more confident than ever of EU referendum victory, but they’re still trying to load the debate dice

23 April 2016 10:00

Downing Street is more confident than it has ever been that the EU referendum will be won. It is not…


PMQs: David Cameron brings up Sadiq Khan’s extremist links

20 April 2016 13:39

Today’s PMQs was a reminder that the old fashioned approach of detailed, forensic questioning on a single topic works best.…

Conservative Party Autumn Conference 2015 - Day 1

Government reserves the right to take military action without parliamentary approval

18 April 2016 13:41

One of the more significant constitutional innovations of recent times is the assumption that the government must get parliament’s permission…

G7 Leaders Meet For Summit At Schloss Elmau

Boris v Barack on Brexit

16 April 2016 10:55

The US President flies into town next week to wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday and to encourage Britain…


PMQs: Cameron mocks Corbyn for his late tax return

13 April 2016 13:54

This time last week, you would have expected PMQs to be rowdy and extremely difficult for David Cameron. After all,…

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Will the EU referendum be a fair fight?

12 April 2016 7:57

It is the most important decision that the Electoral Commission has ever taken: who to select as the lead campaign…

Has David Cameron’s tax debacle united the Tories?

11 April 2016 17:10

Yet again, David Cameron has reason to be grateful for the quality of the opposition facing him. First of all,…

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Why has the government been so behind the curve on steel?

2 April 2016 10:30

This hasn’t been a good week for the government. As I say in my Sun column today, it has been…

Steel Production In North East England

The government would not do more for the steel industry, even if the EU allowed them to

30 March 2016 16:51

Sajid Javid is the driest and most Thatcherite member of the government. So, it is no surprise that he is…


Cameron can’t just focus on the EU referendum

26 March 2016 10:00

Early on in his leadership, David Cameron was clear that he wanted the Tories to stop ‘banging on about Europe.’…

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PMQs unifies Tory MPs and weakens Jeremy Corbyn

23 March 2016 14:03

On Sunday at noon, few would have predicted that Tory MPs would have come out of PMQs cheered and unified. But…


George Osborne starts a fight in the Commons and comes out unscathed

22 March 2016 14:52

George Osborne turned up in the Commons chamber with a clear plan to get through this Budget debate: turn it…

Ministers Attend The Government's Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Iain Duncan Smith warns government in danger of ‘dividing society’

20 March 2016 10:28

In one of the most extraordinary political interviews of recent times, Iain Duncan Smith has warned that the government ‘is…

U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Presents The Autumn Statement

George Osborne should have gone to the Foreign Office after the election

19 March 2016 10:10

Imagine how different politics would be now if George Osborne had moved to the Foreign Office after the election. He…

Jeremy Corbyn Addresses A Refugees Welcome Here Rally

New YouGov poll puts Labour ahead

18 March 2016 8:48

When an ICM phone poll this week had Labour level with the Tories for the first time since Jeremy Corbyn…


Budget 2016: George Osborne played a difficult hand well

16 March 2016 15:46

George Osborne played a difficult hand well in this Budget. Hemmed in by the worsening fiscal forecasts and the political…

U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Delivers 2015 Spring Budget

Don’t expect Budget fireworks from George Osborne

12 March 2016 10:00

Don’t expect ‘fireworks’ from the Budget one of Osborne’s closest political allies told me this week. Ahead of the Budget…

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PMQs has lost its sense of occasion, thanks to Jeremy Corbyn

9 March 2016 13:43

Jeremy Corbyn’s delivery at PMQs today was far more passionate than usual. But his questions were still far too scattergun.…